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Top iPad game apps:  Bejeweled HD  leads paid charts in debut week

Top iPad game apps: Bejeweled HD leads paid charts in debut week

May 18, 2012 | By Danny Cowan

[In this weekly column, Gamasutra rounds up the most popular paid and free iPad gaming applications on the App Store as of today, with Bejeweled HD, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II and Feed Me Oil currently ranking among the platform's top downloads.]

This week's top paid titles are:

1. Bejeweled HD (PopCap, $3.99)
2. Angry Birds Space HD (Rovio, $2.99)
3. Fruit Ninja HD (Halfbrick, $0.99)
4. Where's My Water? (Disney, $0.99)
5. Draw Something (OMGPOP, $1.99)
6. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II (Sega, $6.99)
7. Extinction Squad (Adult Swim, $0.99)
8. Minecraft: Pocket Edition (Mojang, $6.99)
9. Cut the Rope HD (ZeptoLab, $1.99)
10. Angry Birds HD (Rovio, $2.99)

PopCap's iPad-optimized puzzler Bejeweled HD leads as the platform's biggest seller in its premiere week, overtaking longtime chart leader Angry Birds Space HD and Halfbrick's price-dropped Fruit Ninja HD.

Sega's platformer Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II and Adult Swim's Extinction Squad also report fast sales in their premiere week, while Gameloft's NOVA 3 and Defiant Development's Ski Safari disappear from the top ten after promising debuts last week.

Here are this week's top free iPad applications:

1. Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? & Friends Free (Ludia)
2. Feed Me Oil HD (Chillingo)
3. MotoHeroz HD (Ubisoft)
4. Highway Rider (Battery Acid Games)
5. Dragon Story (TeamLava)
6. Logos Quiz Game (AticoD)
7. NinJump Deluxe HD Free (Backflip Studios)
8. Saving Yello (Dreamfab)
9. Glow Bugs (Backflip Studios)
10. Enigmatis: Ghosts of Maple Creek (Big Fish)

Ludia's social trivia app Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? & Friends Free heads up this week's free charts, as Chillingo's physics puzzler Feed Me Oil HD and RedLynx's side-scrolling racer MotoHeroz finish at second and third place after recently becoming free-to-play.

Last week's top title Highway Rider drops to fourth place in today's results, while Backflip Studios earns a pair of chart spots with NinJump Deluxe HD Free and its recently released action title Glow Bugs.

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